Autumn performances 2024 › Portsmouth

Sam Usher performance

Join us at The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth for a magical morning of stories with award-winning author and illustrator Sam Usher. Creator of a long running series of delightful picture books about a boy and his grandfather including Rain, Free and most recently Zoom, Sam will be drawing live for the children and showing the audience his illustrations as he reads his stories. With plenty of interaction and time to ask Sam questions this performance is bound to delight and inspire young children and encourage them to read, write and draw!

Each child attending this performance will receive a **FREE** copy of _Zoom_ to take home and keep! cover

Each child attending this performance will receive a FREE copy of Zoom to take home and keep!

New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD
Tuesday 12th November
11:00 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 1 and 2

Sam Usher

Sam Usher grew up in Hungerford, Berkshire and now lives in Somerset. He studied illustration at university in Bristol and has gone on to create a best-selling series of books about a boy and his grandfather.

Praise for Free

Opening itself up to myriad conversations and interpretations, Free is fabulous.

Kirkus Reviews

Book tickets for an event and receive two free books for your classroom

How to book tickets

Free Workshops!

The Children’s Bookshow will allocate four free in-classroom workshops to schools attending this performance with 30 or more children. Book tickets for this event to have a chance of being chosen to receive this fantastic opportunity.

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We feel it is so beneficial for our children to have the opportunity to meet authors and to hear them talk about their work. The children themselves are so enthusiastic about reading after these events that we feel they are an invaluable contribution towards our children becoming both skilled readers and lovers of reading.

A teacher in Liverpool

The details

  • Please arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the performance, so that you have enough time to find your seats and and use the bathroom. Our start times are strictly governed by the theatres that we work with and by the start and end times of the school day. If you are unavoidably delayed, please get in touch with your Children’s Bookshow contact as soon as possible.
  • Depending on the time of the performance, you may want your children to bring a packed lunch. (Please contact the theatre directly to check if there is a suitable space.)
  • Parking facilities vary from theatre to theatre; please check the theatre website for details.
  • Please contact the theatre directly for risk assessment information.
  • Please ensure your children have visited the bathroom before the show starts, or ask them to wait until after the performance ends. A constant stream of children getting up to go to the toilet is very distracting for our performers and other members of the audience.

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Have any questions? Get in touch

Katy Webster

Your contact for this performance is Katy Webster, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

07904 068084